State Senate Explores Option to Remove Kane
According to John Baer of the Daily News, the State Senate is exploring a method that would allow them to recommend that Gov. Wolf expel Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Article VI, Section 7 of the PA Constitution states that an elected official (the Governor, Lt. Governor, members of the legislature and judges, though, are exempt from this provision) “shall be removed by the Governor for reasonable cause, after due notice and full hearing, on the address of two-thirds of the Senate.”
Baer reports that Drew Compton, counsel to Senate President Joe Scarnati, said the chamber is in “the preliminary stages” of such a maneuver. Compton also indicated that a suspension of Kane’s law license would likely expedite the process.
Of course, there are still a myriad of legal questions. For instance, what would “due notice and full hearing” constitute?
Nevertheless, the Governor’s spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan said that if this should happen “the governor would certainly listen to what the Senate has to say.”
Gov. Wolf has already called for Kane to resign.
Overall, this method would effectively be an impeachment without the involvement of the State House. Therefore, this avenue would be quicker and could make it more attractive to those that believe Kane can no longer serve.